True Blood star Nelsan Ellis has died at the age of 39.
Last night, it was confirmed that the actor passed away due to complications from heart failure.
After his co-star in The Help, Octavia Spencer, announced the news, HBO released a statement: “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis.
Just got word that we lost @nelsanellisofficial. My heart breaks for his kids and family. #RIPNelsanEllis. #brillIantactor #trueblood #getonup #thesoloist #thehelp. The first time I met him was on the set of the soloist and we were at rehearsal with a lot of the homeless cast members, and Nelsan was playing our counselor. He walked in wearing a pair of fitted camo cargo pants, a pristine white tshirt, a beret, and a denim jacket. Needless to say he was gorgeous, sexy. But his talent had me speechless. We became instant friends after that. He was sooooo funny. I miss him. #nelsanellis
“Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood.
Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”
His co-stars, friends and follow actors all paid their respects on Twitter and Instagram:
— jesse Williams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 9, 2017
— Tim Stack (@EWTimStack) July 8, 2017
With the death of Nelsan Ellis, I am reminded of the famous line: "Attention must be finally paid to such a man." Death of a Salesman. RIP
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) July 9, 2017
— Keri (@keriqbaum) July 9, 2017
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) July 8, 2017
wow rest in peace nelsan ellis. a great and underrated actor.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) July 8, 2017
— Michael McMillian (@McMillzz) July 8, 2017
He will be missed.